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DR. Erhard (Visit)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1964.

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Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury 12:00 am, 23rd January 1964

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer which I gave the hon. Member for Ashfield (Mr. Warbey) on 21st January.

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

Is not the Prime Minister aware that it is unsatisfactory that his discussions with Dr. Erhard on Britain's resumption of negotiations to go into the Common Market should remain confidential in view of the public speculation? Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether this was discussed with Dr. Erhard and what assurances he gave?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

No, Sir. Conversations with Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of other countries are always confidential.